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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 801752, 4 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/801752
Case Report

Pulmonary Embolism after Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair: A Case Report

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dokkyo Medical University, 880 Kitakobayashi, Mibu, Tochigi 321-0293, Japan

Received 14 January 2013; Accepted 5 February 2013

Academic Editors: D. A. Fisher, A. Sakamoto, and S. Vogt

Copyright © 2013 Tadashi Yamamoto et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Total hip/knee arthroplasty may cause venous thromboembolism (VTE) as a postoperative complication. However, there are few reports on VTE after arthroscopic shoulder surgery. We report a patient who developed pulmonary embolism (PE) 6 days after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair but recovered without sequelae. In this case, the possibility of DVT of the lower limbs was denied by contrast-enhanced CT. Most possibly, the source of PE was deep vein thrombosis (DVT) of the upper limb under Desault fixation which showed arthroscopic surgery-related swelling postoperatively.